The Fairfield NSW government hospital and the “sixty four dollar question” 1.

As has been widely reported in the media, back in 2015, a Mr and Mrs Amone went to the Fairfield Government hospital for help in having a baby, and got none, they had to try and deliver the baby themselves, and the baby died. Mr Amone is said to have testified to the Coroner investigating the baby’s death that, as the baby started to come, he went to the door of the delivery room and shouted out for help – and none came. In other words, with the way the hospital was managed at the time, everything else had priority over helping a couple in having their baby.

Various issues arise from this.

The first and obvious one is whether the CEO of the Fairfield hospital at the time was a suitable person to be holding his job if that was the way his or her hospital was organised at the time.

A second is whether anything has changed with the Fairfield hospital at the time.

And thirdly, which hospitals, Government or otherwise, GUARANTEE that, if couples go to them for help in having their baby, that they will get it – that they won’t end up having to deliver the baby themselves.

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